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Personal Stories

Read over a collection of personal stories shared with us by those affected by Stroke.
Did you know?

For every cancer patient living in the UK, £295 is spent each year on medical research, compared with just £22 a year for every stroke patient.

Martin Edmondson, Supporter of Think Ahead Stroke Group

Through a close family member, I have personal experience of Stroke and I am always keen to offer my support to Think Ahead. I was absolutely delighted when the ‘Local…

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Colin Mitchinson, Stroke Survivor and member of Think Ahead Stroke Group

While at the races I got a really bad headache, bad enough for me to go to bed early that night and sleep straight through for twelve hours, unheard of…

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Dorothy Grundy,Stroke Survivor and volunteer ‘Buddy’ at Think Ahead Stroke Group

This particular evening I had gone to bed as usual but was woken at 3am with a severe headache. I was on my own in the house and whilst trying…

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Barbara Nott-Bower, Carer and member of Think Ahead

It was 2011 and we were going to visit family for Easter, we needed a couple of things so I briefly went out to do some shopping. When I returned…

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Paul Newton’s Story

Paul Newton, Stroke Survivor and employed by Think Ahead Community Stroke Group as their Community Stroke Supporter, talks about how Stroke affected his life and how he's progressed with Think…

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Jean King’s Story

In this video story Jean King talks about Think Ahead and her experiences as a Stroke Survivor.

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Marlene Stockley’s Story

Marlene is a Trustee of Think Ahead, after she joined Think Ahead with her husband, Derek, supporting him as his Carer. She talks briefly about how they found out about…

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Marjorie Baldwin’s Story

Marjorie is an active member of Think Ahead, becoming involved with the charity following her own Stroke. She talks briefly about her situation and involvement with Think Ahead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUMsF0vRY0E

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Lynne Tindall’s Story

Lynne talks about her life prior to Stroke and the huge impact this had on her. Following her Stroke she discovered a new talent for card-making and now volunteers her…

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Brian and Pat Hesketh’s Story

Brian and Pat talk openly about their lives following Stroke and the new friends they have made and the support they have received from Think Ahead both as a Stroke…

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Andy’s Story

I am 48 years old and since the age of 25 I have suffered a Heart attack and 6 Strokes. I was also diagnosed with epilepsy as a…

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Ian’s Story

In 2009 I worked for the 'On Holiday Group' as a Project Manager and was responsible for lots of big projects which meant working 70+ hours every week.…

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Lynne ‘Plays Her Cards Right’

Lynne raises over £500 to support Think Ahead. Lynne Tindall discovered a new talent for card making after her Stroke in 2005 and for the last two years…

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Nicola Cornthwaites story about life after Stroke

I couldn't believe it when the doctor told me that I'd had a Stroke at the age of 42. As a community nurse I used to see older people…

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Paul tells how he overcame Stroke

Paul tells his story after suffering a major Stroke at the age of 33. Looking back things were probably going too well. My wife and…

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Davids story about how Stroke has changed his life

"I awoke in hospital and was simply terrified... ". David tells how Stroke has changed his life. As a welder by trade I'd worked all over the world…

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Marlene Stockley Trustee at Think Ahead

Marlene describes how her life was turned upside down when her husband suffered a Stroke. 11 years ago everything had seemed so simple. My husband Derek was…

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